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Keyboarding Without Tears Keyboarding Without Tears: The fourth grade students have begun their journey with Keyboarding Without Tears.  The program is being used three days a week to teach the importance of typing accurately without looking at the keyboard.  The program also teaches students about their digital imprint and internet safety.  The students have done a great job so far. Many of the students have already completed the first lessons.  In the short time that the students have been doing the program they all have nearly doubled their words per minute. We look forward to seeing the continued growth.  This program is an essential part of the curriculum due to the use of technology everywhere in students’ lives. ~Mrs. Frink, Mrs. Turshman, Ms Keiser, Mrs. K O’Donnell   more >>
French Classes French Classes "Noel": During the month of December, the McGraw French Classes dived into the world of “Noël”.  It's important to the curriculum to take time to really understand and appreciate the holiday from another culture’s perspective.  The classes learn vocabulary associated with Noël, sing carols in French, read articles, and watch videos depicting the holiday season in the Francophone world.  They also spend the last week before “Noël” making handmade ornaments and crafts that are traditionally popular in Europe and on the Friday before vacation we celebrate with a huge “Fête” where the kids volunteer to bring in a “Buche ... more >>
Safety Patrol Safety Patrol: Our 5 th grade Safety Patrol members have been hard at work this year! Whether it is sunny, raining, windy or snowing, they show up for duty ready to go! AAA School Safety Patrol members are expected to take their duties seriously.  Our Safety Patrol members demonstrate how they show ours C.A.R.E.S trait responsibility in the following ways: · Look, act and be alert. · Report for duty on time. · Always set a good example. Know and practice safe walking tips. · Never stop vehicles. · Perform your patrol duties faithfully. · Be neat and clean while on duty. · Be dependable and trustworthy. · Be courteous and polite at all times. · Treat others as you would like to be treated. · Wear your ... more >>
December Friday Finale December Friday Finale: The C.A.R.E.S Committee held their monthly Friday Finale celebration on December 22.  For the first time ever two 5 th grade students read the morning message. They did a wonderful job!! The students who received the Assertion awards were recognized. The McGraw Fire Department also came and shared about Holiday safety. The C.A.R.E.S. committee would like to give a huge thank you to the McGraw Fire Department for presenting. Next month, the committee will introduce responsibility to the school.    more >>
Hanukkah in Fourth Grade Hanukkah in Fourth Grade: Mrs. Frink’s fourth grade class was able to celebrate Hanukkah this year with help from a fellow student and their family. The class read a traditional Hanukkah story, a nonfiction text all about Hanukkah and th en played the traditional game of dreidel. It was a great time by all!! more >>
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Corning Museum of Glass Corning Museum of Glass: Mrs. Langford and Mrs. Lener took their Science 6-8 class on a festive field trip to the Corning Museum of Glass on December 20th.  The museum was beautiful, all decorated for the holidays!  We took a tour of their many exhibits where we saw glass from 1400 B.C., glass eyeballs, and trees made out of recycled glasses. It was amazing!   We watched a live glass-blowing demonstration where we saw the glassblower make a beautiful platter—right before our eyes!  With the short time left, we were able to make a quick stop in the gift shop to pick up some things to remember the trip.  It was a memorable day for all.    more >>
Elves Wanted Elves Wanted: Did you see the wanted add in the Sunday paper for one of Santa’s elves?  Well the first graders were awfully excited about it so they decided to apply for a job.  First the classes brainstormed different elf jobs that Santa may be looking for… reindeer feeder, cookie baker, toy maker, tree decorator, etc.  Then each student chose a job to apply for.  They listed their distinguishing characteristics that would help them land the job.  They filled out a resume and wrote a letter to Santa trying to persuade him to choose them. Unfortunately, none of our first graders were chosen to go work at the North Pole.  Santa did take the time to write the first graders at McGraw Elementary a letter and sent each one of them an elf hat with their name ... more >>
Flashback to Last Day of Summer Flashback to Last Day of Summer: Eighth grader Tehya Long wrote the following essay on the last day of summer in McGraw, as she sat near the bleachers by the baseball field behind the high school. The 8 th grade students captured the natural beauty of the area, filtered through the lenses of their unique perspectives and backgrounds. Each then drew a picture of a favorite scene, although Tehya drew many, creating a small and vivid book.  So, as winter begins, here is a look back to Friday, September 22, through Tehya’s eyes. - Mr. Cowit     Nature’s Creativity      In the last warmth of summer, three things are keeping me cool; the trees, breeze, and rocks.  Surprisingly, rocks are ... more >>
Elementary Holiday Message Elementary Holiday Message: From the Elementary School…    It’s that time of year again when the “hustle and bustle” of the Holiday Season is upon us.  Soon the students will be off from school on the holiday break.  This could be a fun time for families to try some new fun activities such as: hiking, painting or craft classes, ice skating, snowshoeing, family game or movie night, or even cooking!  These are times that can generate new traditions and create important memories for your family.   This is also a great time of year for our students to learn about community service projects and kindness towards others.  We are hoping to spread kindness and caring throughout McGraw and other parts of the County and world.  It is our hope to continue ... more >>
Welcome Mrs. Kuck, RN Welcome Mrs. Kuck, RN: Registered Nurse, Carol Kuck, officially joined the MCS High School staff in November.  Mrs. Kuck was born in Elmira, and adopted when she was 18 months old.  She currently resides in Cortland.  Mrs. Kuck graduated from St. Mary’s HS, obtained her LPN degree at TC3 and her RN degree at Excelsior College.  She is Chemo certified by NYS.  She worked 13 years at CMH, taught BOCES LPN Program, and was a nurse manager at Crown Center.   Mrs. Kuck has two daughters; both work at Cornell University and live nearby in Cortland.  She has four grandchildren, who she loves to spend time with.  Her oldest granddaughter recently got married and lives in North Carolina.  The younger three attend Cortland Schools.  Mrs. Kuck’s dream ... more >>
School Recycling Program School Recycling Program: New York State Standards for Social Studies includes Standard 5 which involves Civics, Citizenship, and Government.    Part of the civics curriculum is the role of the citizen in the community, in the nation, and in the world.   Another part of civics involves the students’ responsibilities with civic participation and engagement.  Students in Mr. Briggs’s co-taught social studies classes have been performing a civic duty at the school by participating in the recycling program.  Once a week students from co-taught social studies classes are collecting and sorting recyclable materials from each classroom and office in the school.  Over the years these students have been collecting paper, plastics, and metal to be reused instead of ... more >>
Sled Production Sled Production: Students in Mr. Sanderson's Design and Drawing for Production class produced 35 pine sleds designed and built for the Village of McGraw Recreation committee.  The students set up the workshop with jigs and fixtures to mass produce the sleds in a very short amount of time.  Each student had specific tasks to complete, and worked together to meet the deadline.  It was a real-life problem solving experience for the students, and they rose to the challenge.  The sleds were used as a fundraiser for a Christmas event for local children.    more >>
Santa visits Elementary School Santa visits Elementary School:   Santa Claus greeted students this morning on their way into school. more >>
K-9 Collaboration with School Drill K-9 Collaboration with School Drill: For one of the required lock-down practice drills, McGraw High School collaborated with the Cortland County Sheriff Department and Cortland City Police Department.  Four K-9 teams completed a training exercise during the drill.  The training that goes into these animals is impressive.  The dogs each successfully found a planted item that they were searching for as they practice their talents in a large building setting.  Well done dogs!    more >>
Students Share Music Students Share Music: McGraw Students Share Music with the Community   On Saturday, December 9th, McGraw High School music students participated in Community Holiday Performances.  Members from the High School Chorus performed Christmas Carols including Joy To the World!, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas at the Lamont Memorial Free Library's Tree Lighting.  Students then participated in the McGraw United Methodist Church's Festival of Music.  Members from the High School Chorus performed the Traditional Zambian Song, Bonse Aba, Once In Royal David's City (arranged by director Michael Brownell), and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  The McGraw Mixed Instrumental Quartet, directed by Brian Shelley, also performed ... more >>
Scholar Athletes Fall 2017 Scholar Athletes Fall 2017: At the end of each sports season, the NY State Public High School Athletic Association recognizes those teams and individuals that excel in the classroom. Student-athletes, teams and schools work very hard throughout the school year and deserve to be recognized.   To receive team recognition with a certificate, the team’s average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90.00. Our McGraw Girls Varsity Soccer team accomplished that goal this fall.   Ten varsity girls will receive a pin for maintaining a 90 or better GPA. Five boys from the varsity soccer team will also receive a pin for individual honors by maintaining that 90 or better GPA.   The names are as follows, and congratulations to all:   Marissa Jenney Elizabeth ... more >>
Water for Sudan Water for Sudan: During the first months of school, one class o f sixth graders read the novel,  A Long Walk to Water . This book was selected as the 2017 Global Read Aloud Book.  The central idea of the book is told from two characters.  The real-life story of 11-year-old Salva and his desperate struggle to survive the 1985 Sudan War.  Without his family, he initially fled to Ethiopia, later kicked out of the refugee camp, he leads 1500 other Lost Boys to Kenya in search of safety. The second viewpoint is a fictitious character, Nya, from a recent 2008 timeline.  She is also 11 years old and living in South Sudan, walking 8 hours a day, to bring water to her family.  The polluted water, while necessary for survival, is also making her family sick.  The story ... more >>
5th Grade Book Reports 5th Grade Book Reports: Once again, the fifth grade class has impressed me with their hard work and reading skills! Each month, fifth grade students are expected to complete a book report on a specific genre. For the month of November, students read a historical fiction book of their choice for their nightly reading homework and independent reading time in class. It was amazing to listen in as they confidently shared detailed summaries, thoughtful connections, favorite passages, author information, and their opinion of the book to their classmates. As well, students completed unique and thoughtful projects to further inform and convince their peers to read the book. In the photo, you can see that some students chose to create a bookmark, puppet, mobile, character award, and so on. Fifth graders are excited ... more >>
Boys Basketball Boys Basketball: McGraw Varsity Basketball 2017-2018   Number           Name                           Year                Ht                    Position 1                      George Ross              JR                    ... more >>



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